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The White House

A Grade II Listed Building in Forden with Leighton and Trelystan (Ffordun gyda Tre'r-llai a Threlystan), Powys

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Latitude: 52.6446 / 52°38'40"N

Longitude: -3.1243 / 3°7'27"W

OS Eastings: 324026

OS Northings: 305800

OS Grid: SJ240058

Mapcode National: GBR B1.6FGQ

Mapcode Global: WH79P.ZSDG

Entry Name: The White House

Listing Date: 20 March 1998

Last Amended: 20 March 1998

Grade: II

Source: Cadw

Source ID: 19505

Building Class: Domestic

Location: Located approximately 0.3km SW of Leighton church and reached by a short drive on E side of B4388.

County: Powys

Town: Forden

Community: Forden with Leighton and Trelystan (Ffordun gyda Tre'r-llai a Threlystan)

Community: Forden with Leighton and Trelystan

Locality: Leighton

Traditional County: Montgomeryshire

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Mid C19 and possibly built for an estate manager. Part of the Leighton Estate, acquired by John Naylor 1846-47. Naylor subsequently embarked on an ambitious programme of building, which included Leighton Farm and dwellings for estate employees, which was largely completed in the mid 1850s. He continued to extend and improve the Estate until his death in 1889. His grandson, Captain J.M. Naylor, sold the Estate in 1931.


Two-storey house with attic consisting of a main range with cross-gables to front and rear, forming a T-plan, a porch in the angle to front, a lower 2-storey wing set back to R, and a single-storey rear wing with attic behind the rear cross-gable. Of brick painted white, slate roof (with skylights behind), with end brick stacks to main range and rear cross-gable and to R of wing to R. Fenestration consists of small-pane sash windows with margin glazing, mostly beneath wedge lintels. In the cross-gable to front is a tripartite window in the lower storey and large 16-pane window in the upper storey, with a smaller window under a round head in the gable. The porch to L has a 4-panel door beneath a round-headed overlight which has moulded imposts and keystone. To the L and in the L side wall are tall windows incorporating casements. The porch has a parapet of iron railings and a balcony above reached by a French window in the main range. The cross-gable to front also has a small round-headed window in its side wall. In the L gable end of the main range are a small round-headed window in the gable and a small window to L in the lower storey. The wing to R has a door with full-height glazing in the lower storey and a sash window above. Behind the R wing is a lean-to. The rear wing has wooden casement windows.


Not inspected (November 1996).

Reasons for Listing

The Leighton Estate is an exceptional example of high-Victorian estate development. It is remarkable for the scale and ambition of its conception and planning, the consistency of its design, the extent of its survival, and is the most complete example of its type in Wales. The White House is an important element of this whole ensemble at Leighton. It is a large and prominent house in the estate style, retaining much of its early detail.

Other nearby listed buildings

  • II Former Saw Mill and Farm Buildings at Severnleigh
    Approximately 0.3km SW of Leighton Church on E side of B4388. Farm buildings are N of farmhouse and have buildings of White House farm attached on N side.
  • II Former Retort House
    Located approximately 0.3km W of Leighton church and reached via a short minor road on W side of B4388 Leighton to Forden. The Former Retort House is on SE side of yard occupied by agricultural suppl
  • II* Church of the Holy Trinity, Leighton
    Prominently sited on E side of the Severn valley, beside a minor road on E side of B4388, and at N entrance to Leighton Farm. The church is sited within a walled churchyard.
  • II Footbridge North West of Leighton Farm
    Located approximately 0.5km SSW of Leighton church and reached across three fields from Leighton Farm. The bridge crosses a small stream.
  • II Gateway at the N entrance to Leighton Farm
    At the N entrance to Leighton Farm on S side of a minor road between Leighton and Trelystan, and immediately E of the churchyard.
  • II Church Lodge
    Located at the N entrance to Leighton Farm, on S side of a minor road between Leighton and Trelystan, and beside a gated driveway immediately E of Leighton church.
  • II Pentre House
    Located on SE side of Leighton church, prominently sited in a terraced garden, and reached by private road on E side of Church Lodge.
  • II* Former Sheep-Drying Shed, with attached walls, Leighton Farm
    Situated on the NW side of Leighton Farm, with Piggery and Sheep Shed to E. Its attached wall continues S as West Stockyard Wall.

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